|Light Over The Tehachapi Mountains - Tehachapi, California|
Many of my favorite photographs were captured when a storm was approaching or clearing. This is when the sky is most dramatic and when the light has the the best opportunity to be extraordinary.
"For me, the most memorable landscape photos almost always have a sky that is full of interest, and most often, that interest comes from clouds," photographer Darwin Wiggett said. "Give me a weather forecast of mixed sun and cloud, and I am in photographic heaven."
Great photography is in part about being at the right place at the right time with photographic vision. That might mean being outdoors with your camera when everyone else is heading indoors. Photographer Richard Steinheimer used to say something to the effect of, "Photography is being in the right place at the right time, and that often means being someplace that other people are not willing to go."
For dramatic skies, you have to be outdoors when others are not. When the storm is building, be sure to grab your camera! When the storm is clearing, be out someplace to capture it! Take advantage of the opportunities nature provides.